Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What a difference 3 years can make.

Today is our third wedding anniversary. I'm a little in shock that it's been 3 years... we're definitely at the point where we can no longer say "we're a newly married couple".

Every year I try to think what I was doing at this exact time on the actual day. It's 9:14am right now so I know that my hair was done, the girls had gone to get their's done and I was gone to meet my Dad to boost his dead car battery (yep... with my hair done and headpiece in lol) before heading over to the club to make sure the decorator had been there. I remember every emotion from that day and it's kinda sad that I'll never get to experience it again.

I've been listening to the cd we gave out as a favor at our wedding and the one song that still gives me chills is "You and Me" by Lifehouse which is the song that I walked down the aisle to. Of all the songs associated with our wedding, this one still gets to me.
A lot has changed in 3 years. I've decided in honor of our 3rd anniversary, I'll make a list of the main events in our married lives:

-We moved in together officially 6 days after the wedding (when we returned from our honeymoon). We hadn't officially lived together before the wedding so moving in to our new apartment was really exciting.- Aug 06
-4 months after the wedding, I left the company I had worked for for 5 years and started at the company I am currently with- Jan 07
- We became godparents to our niece (SIL's daughter) Taya- March 08
-Bub lost 110-115lbs and I lost just over 60.
-Bub quit smoking- April 09
-We moved out of our apartment after almost 2 years, and stayed with my MIL for 3 months while we looked for a house.- June 08
-On our 2nd wedding anniversary, we found out that the offer we had put in on our house had been accepted.- Aug 08
-We moved in to our first home in Sept 08
-We got our second dog (Baby Jenny) in May 09
-I got accepted to University in May 09 to start in September, something I had always wanted to do... this put TTC, travel and debt repayment plans plans on hold indefinitely.

I feel like we're totally different people than we were when we got married, but it's still going well. We work at it, and it's not always easy (far from it) but we're a team and we're making it work. I'm really excited about what the next 3, 6, 10 years will bring.

Right now, I'm just happy to be along for the ride with one of my best friends.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Buried in Books.... and LOVIN' it!

I had the best kind of weekend. I’m bummed that it’s over.

Friday night, I finished a really good book after work (The Hunger Games- total page turner… read it) and then I dropped my darling husband at his friends place to hang-out with a HS buddy who was in from out of town. He hasn’t been here since our wedding (3 years ago), so Bub was anxious to see him. I went home and curled up on the couch with my dogs and watched a movie.

Saturday I was super lazy and stayed in bed until 12:30 (I KNOW… lazy right?) alternating between reading and dozing. It was fabulous. I got dressed and decided I should probably do something around the house so I did the dishes, washed the floors, poop scooped the yard and then weeded the front gardens and started on the back. When Bub got home he came out and we had a beer and a game of wash toss in the backyard which finished just before it started to rain. I then took Bub back to his buddy’s house and I went to meet my Mum to drive down to Ikea. She bougth us (well… really just me) a reading chair for our office/library for our anniversary. We had dinner down there and spent a couple hours and then came home. I continued to read on my wrapped up on my front porch with a tea and then I went to bed.

Sunday morning we slept in/read in bed again until about 11:30. It was a really chilly day (felt like fall) so I didn’t want to get out of my warm bed. When I finally did, it was only to take a shower, put on my sweats and curl up in my new reading chair with Lola to read some more. The only time I moved was to go out on the front porch to read. I LOVE days like that. My Mum had us over for dinner, along with my sister and nephew to celebrate our anniversary. It was nice. I came home, finished my book in the tub and then curled up in bed.

I absolutely love weekends like that. I had deliberately got my cleaning (short of the floors) done through the week so I didn’t have to do it on the weekend. It was well worth it.

Bub and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary on Wednesday. We’re going to the city (Toronto) for dinner and then to see The Sound of Music (I think I posted about this before). I’m really excited. I was addicted to TSOM when I was a little kid and can say the whole movie word for word (actually I can do that with a lot of movies: Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Grease…. etc etc etc) so it’s special to me. I’m looking forward to it so much.

OH! And I wanted to say congrats again to all of our new Mama’s and welcome to babies Lily, Martha and Seth. I’m loving seeing all the pics and hearing the stories so keep em' coming!

Reading Is Sexy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rant/ Vent/ Whatever You Want To Call It....

I had a doctors appointment at 8:50 this morning. I haven't been to the doctor is just over a year and really needed to get my shoulder checked because it's been really painful the last couple of weeks. So I drive over their and arrive at 8:45 to find.... no doctors office. The sign is gone, the building is empty. I park and go up to the door expected to see a "we've moved" sign. Nope, nothing!

I call and of course they don't answer their phone until 9am so I have to leave a message saying "well I guess I have to cancel my 8:50 appointment since I have no idea where you're located anymore". I head back to work, my head is pounding from frustration. I call them at about 9:15 from my cell and the receptionist gets all huffy and trys to make it sound like MY FAULT! She says "well it was posted that we moved for over 6 months Sarah (I HATE when people punctuate their sentences with my name... especially when it's not the name I go by or have ever gone by) and we moved about a year ago" I'm thinking, so it's MY fault that I've been healthy for a year and haven't had to come to the doctors office? At the very least, letters should have been sent out or phone calls made orrrrrr you tell your patients on the phone when the book the appointments "you're aware that we have moved correct?". I know a lot of people who only go to the doctors once every 1-3 years so posting a moving announcment at the office for 6 months??? Not gonna cut it.

The kicker.... I was at the office for an appointment right before they moved. And did anyone say anything? NOPE! All they had to do was have it posted on the door, or give a handout OR have the receptionist say, "as of THIS date we are moving". I understand that sending a letter to 5000 patients could get expensive, but there are other ways to do it. But again... NOTHING!
I was an hour and a half late for work for no reason and now have to take more time off for a rescheduled appointment in September. Plus, now I have to live with this shoulder issue for another month. I HATE TODAY!
Addition: The bank called. We didn't get approved for the line of credit we were counting on to pay for my tuition and to get the roof done. Awesome.
Now I have to scramble to figure something out for school (or just effing give up and not go) and the roof is going to have to wait. I hope we can get another winter out of it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Call...

I finally got a call back from VV, the place where I had the 2 interviews (just a short 2 weeks after they said I woudl hear back). I didn't get the job, but I really wish I could let you all here the voicemail to tell me what you think, because it basically says:

-we really wanted to hire you, and had it been a permanent position (rather than a 1 year mat-leave contract) we definately would have
-we're really sorry that we couldn't offer you anything now, but you have great strengths and we would like your permission to leave your file open so we can see if we can fit you in somewhere else in the company permanently.
-your only weakness was in payroll having not done it to this scale before and therefore we went with someone who had more experience that way so they could just jump in a do it. However, if it had been permanent, you would have been our choice because you have great promise.
-please call us and let us know that it's okay that we see what else we can find for you (i.e. leave your application file open)

All I could think when listening was "what the heck is the difference between my abilities if it was a permanent position, versus my abilities in a temporary position"? Oh well.. I guess I'll never know. I will be sending her an email to let her know that she can leave my file open, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

I am a little disappointed, but not overly. First- It was only a 12 month contract. I've covered a mat-leave before (that's how I got my current job) and it was really stressful in the last couple of months because I didn't know whether or not to look for a new job since the girl I was covering for had started talking about not coming back and my boss kept saying that she was doing everything she could to find me a position just in case K did decide to come back. Luckily she didn't, but I didn't know that until about 3 weeks before my contract was up. It sort of puts everything on hold while you wait. I wasn't sure I was up to that again. Second- right from day one, something didn't feel right about this job. I kept trying to explain my feelings to Bub but there was no way to really express it. It just felt weird.

I think my disappointment is more that I have never interviewed for a job and NOT got the position. Every time I've had an interview in my life, I get the job. So it was more disappointment about breaking that record than anything else. OH! and I was pumped to send out my resignatin letter here. Basically, I'm not overly disappointed about the job specifically. I've applied for a lot of other stuff, 3 of which would be amazing (2 for the province and 1 at the University I will be attending in September) with huge pay raises. So, I'm hoping that this is a classic case of "everything happens for a reason" and I didn't get it because one of these other awesome ones is going to be for me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hurry up and WAIT!

So I had the 2nd interview for that contract job I posted about last week. It went really well. I met with them last Sunday -so 1.5 weeks ago- because I was on vacation the week before and they made a change for me because they really wanted to meet with me. At the end of the interview they told me “you’ll hear from us this week with an answer one way or the other”. But then I got questions like when can you start, how much notice will you have to give your current job blah blah blah.

So, I left feeling pretty confident. Not overly confident but good enough. I was the last interview so I expected to hear fairly soon. Well, here I am a week and a half later and I still haven’t heard a thing. I know that one of the ladies was on vacation last week so I thought maybe I would hear early this week…. give them the benefit of the doubt, but nothing. I’m calling home obsessively to check my messages and get the same “you have no new messages” every time. And, I must say, the operator who recorded that says it in a very mocking tone of voice. It’s soooo frustrating. I want to know so bad because if the news is good, I’m sending my resignation letter in to HR immediately. I have to get out of here before I rip all my hair out. I’m so freaking bored.

They did this to me with the second interview too. I was supposed to hear something early and it was like a week after they told me I would hear from them that I finally got the call. I don’t know what to think, but I’m going out of my mind waiting.

Okay…. back to “work”. Actually I should say back to pretending to look like I’m working. Happy Hump Day.

I feel the need to reuse this (the cartoon from my original post while waiting to hear back about my second interview...)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dirty Boys and Hot Girls

Friday night I went out with my BFF for her birthday with 15 other girls. We got dressed up and went to Moxies for dinner & drinks and then headed down to “The Bank” for more drinks and dancing. We got VIP so we had a private booth and bottle service (which is fabulous but expensive). The bar is two indoor levels and then has a roof top patio that overlooks the lake. It’s freakin’ awesome. It was an interesting night. I’m saying this as girl who, not that long ago, didn’t have enough self-esteem to fill a thimble. I felt pretty good that night. I ran into someone from work who had to do a double take and then said “holy ***, you look HOT. I didn’t even recognize you”. So, I was feeling really hot, until….. I got hit on/ groped so many times I can’t even remember the final number. I literally had a guy walk up to me at our booth, say “hey” and then slide his hand from my shoulder to my ass. I just looked at him with a disgusted (yet calm) look on my face and said “um no- don’t do that”. He dropped his head and walked away. He looked so forlorn that my friend pointed and started killing herself laughing. Every time I got on the dance floor I got grabbed and yanked up (and I mean yanked) against some guys chest and there were constantly some guys hands gripping my hips. BLECH!

The BEST line of the night was when we went up to the smoking patio and this guy (who’s got to be at least in his late 40’s at a young crowd night club) says to me “well hey there” looks me up and down in a way that makes my skin crawl and then says “do you know my daughter?” I couldn’t help but bust my gut immediately and said “seriously? That’s your line? Has it ever worked for you?” He gave me a dirty look and walked away.

I don’t mind dancing with guys and I don’t have a jealous husband… he’s not crazy like that so I don’t have to worry about “getting in trouble”. We’re mature enough to know what’s worth getting angry over. It’s just dancing and most of the time it can be fun. But Friday was over the top. These guys weren’t giving me the choice, they were just grabbing and it was disgusting. I think if one more sweaty guy latched on to me I probably would have punched him! Overall though, it was a really fun night.

Saturday I went for breakfast w/ BFF and then to the mall for a bit by myself. My nephew had his end of year baseball tournament so we went to that in the afternoon and they won the championship. We grabbed Italian sandwiches on the way home and watched SYTYCD on the PVR and then I went to bed early while DH went out with some buddies.
Yesterday we slept in, went to the library, went grocery shopping and then just vegged for the rest of the day. It was soooo hot! I had no energy.

Now today, I’m back at work and the A/C is toast so it could be a long day. My car is going in for some work. It’s the big test because if it’s going to be too expensive then we’re just going to buy a new car. Ours is 10 years old and just not worth putting any more money into. I’m kinda hoping it will be too expensive to give me an excuse to buy a new car!

Becks, Lynz and Me @ Moxies

Some of the ladies in attendance at The Bank.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Quick post-cottage update....

Super quick update from me:

-Home from the cottage after a really good week. I look super tan. I swam, ate way too much crap and read A LOT. The weather was not great at the beginning of the week, but Wednesday on it was gorgeous.

-Bubba left on Wednesday and went to the property for the weekend. I'm on my own tonight with my book, a yummy dinner and maybe a movie later.

-I have my second interview with Victoria Village (Sunday) morning. They called last weekend and wanted me to come in on Thursday and when I couldn't come she said she would come in this weekend to see me! I'm not nervous, but I'm not looking forward to it either. I just don't feel right about this position for some reason.

-Monday is a holiday here, but I have to go in to work for a couple of hours for a meeting because the people that I work with SUCK! I'm going in for the meeting and leaving right after.

-I now have 2 dogs in the bed with me. Jenny wouldn't settle in her crate at the cottage and I didn't want to disturb anyone so she's been in the bed with me since last Saturday night. I'm going to try to night crate her starting again tonight but we'll see. I hope she readjusts too it for now. I don't quite trust her out of her crate yet.... she hasn't had an accident in a while, but that doesn't mean she won't.

So.... I'll post something more on Tuesday when I get back into routine.